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Hunting St George and His Dragon

St George and Dragon

26 April 2019

Having just celebrated St George’s Day, what should be added to our collection but a very shiny golden casting of the man himself! The design is about 20cm and shows St George In all his finery, mounted upon a well-dressed horse in full slaying mode.

The lady who donated it has had it in her family for years. She remembers that it was given to a great grandfather of hers who was a foreman at a factory in the Horseley Fields area of Wolverhampton. The factory he worked at produced 12 of these gilded figures; six on velvet (like this one) and six on stands. Unfortunately she doesn’t know the name of the factory or what the occasion was that would warrant such a gift. 

Our Collections Team are continuing to research this little mystery. A scrap of the ‘Birmingham Post’ newspaper on the back of the velvet mount suggests a date of around 1867. A quick internet search has also turned up a similar design made into a brass doorstop. However, tantalisingly, there is no makers mark.

We would love to hear from anyone who knows more about this casting, the factory that made it or if you have one in your family. Please contact us at collections@bclm.com or phone BCLM on 0121 557 9643.  Thank you and a belated happy St George’s Day!

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